Surgery forms a part of nearly every patient's treatment for breast cancer. The initial surgical intervention is often a lumpectomy, the removal of the tumor itself. In the past, mastectomy (the removal of the breast) was the standard treatment for nearly all breast cancers. Now, many patients with early-stage cancers can choose breast-conserving treatment, or lumpectomy followed by radiation, with or without chemotherapy.
For invasive breast cancer, studies indicate that lumpectomy or...Read more
Sometimes plans change. I have been following the recent news about a study from Duke University that a lumpectomy with radiation might... Read more »
Q. I’ve decided to have breast reconstruction after my mastectomy, and I’d like to do one of those reconstructions where they use your... Read more »
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Q. I’m having a mastectomy, and although I’ve heard about reconstruction and implants, I just feel they’re not for me. I think I’d... Read more »